Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show
The Grand National Wedding Cake Competition
Fashion Week 2015!
River Spirit Expo Building, Lower Level
October 3 and 4, 2015 with competitor setup October 2 (no public viewing)
Public Admission Hours
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CLASS 2015 CONDUCTED BY MICHAEL LEWIS-ANDERSON
After the 2015 competition concludes, sugar artists can attend a unique hands-on class. Never seen before in the USA Michael Lewis-Anderson will be teaching October 5 & 6, 2015 at the Doubletree Warren Place lower level. Michael is a prominent artist who has been official cake-maker to European royalty for the past 25-years. This is your chance to rub shoulders with someone who is routinely interacting with their Royal Highnesses the King and Queen of Belgium and members of the royal court. Michael is writing a book and plans to have his book published in time to launch at the sugar art show. This workshop will be suitable for all levels. Details of the class content will be posted in June. Students will be assigned class positions on a first come, first served basis so don’t delay. This class will be very popular it is not often that you can rub shoulders with someone who has such a close connection to royalty. Please download the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) entry form for class registration signup and send ASAP to Loydene Barrett.
ROOMS & ACCOMMODATION
Relax in our host hotel room block at The Doubletree at Warren Place (also our sponsor) where everyone is welcome – artists, guests, travelers and visitors alike. You never know whom you might see in the halls; many of your favorite and prominent artists will be registered there. The hotel not only puts out the welcome mat but sponsors significant prizes for our event, so please return the favor by staying with them. Choose excellent value and good quality accommodations from a lovely portfolio of rooms that have been set-aside exclusively for us. Click Accommodations to facilitate the process mentioning OKLAHOMA SUGAR ARTISTS to access the show price of $79 for 1- 4 in a room.
My sponsors, new and long term, are such an important and integral part of this success and I thank them all most sincerely for their fabulous support and for being an important part of this ongoing dream. This event amplifies opportunities to support and promote a sponsor’s products while showcasing their latest lines, also reinforcing those that are time-tested and keeping eyes on the lookout for the new and original. Creative and clever competitors innovate challenging showstoppers that in turn inspire the collective imagination of receptive manufacturers.
SERIOUS SECURITY ISSUES
CAKE SECURITY is a key issue when cakes are on display. Recently we had some inexcusable damage to some of the entries at the 2012 show. It was apparent that artists were frozen in place rather than reacting. Direction given to me by Tulsa State Fair Management (who were extremely angry over this act of vandalism) is: Competitors should all be their own watch dogs and if anyone is seen touching, damaging or stealing property then first yell out loud and clear to bring public attention to the perpetrators. Immediately inform roaming security volunteers who will know what to do next to ALERT Fair personnel, there is a complete security department at the Fair but neither they nor the volunteers have eyes in the backs of their heads. Be aware, be on guard and know they have your backs!
COMPETITORS MESSAGE, NEWS & RULE UPDATES FOR 2015
For those who do not qualify or choose not to compete in the GRAND NATIONAL WEDDING CAKE COMPETITION join us for the companion competition, which offers a full program of exceptional divisions for displaying celebration and special occasion cakes, memorable techniques and creative innovations threaded throughout the exhibit. Those competing in the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition can also compete in OSSAS divisions starting from semiprofessional and above (not below). Competitors should try to inspire; celebrate cake; share and be educated. As indicated in the rules, there are two distinct shows under the one umbrella – read both sets thoroughly for additional information.
1. No commercial flowers may be used on any competition piece -- automatic point deduction.
2. No non-edible jewelry -- automatic points deduction.
3. No cake parts or cakes from PREVIOUS wedding cake competition may be reentered in the companion event the following year.
4. Competitors who have either won or placed (GRAND, FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD) in the Wedding Cake Competition will automatically be considered MASTER level decorators.
5. WEDDING COMPETITION exhibits may not have been in competition before or have been seen at the ICES convention -- the work must be new and fresh and we hope will express new techniques and invention. If a cake is discovered to be a redo or decorative elements used from a previous competition showpiece that entry will be disqualified. If contestants have an issue with reconstructed entry it is too late to report the matter once the show is over. The show director needs to be told of the issue immediately and the complainant needs to be very sure of their ground. Do not accuse unless you can prove.
6. Responsibility: Contestants must double check that all ingredients used to decorate the cakes are acceptable under the USA FDA food and health requirements. No powdered plastic or glass products can ever be used on the cake surface or decorations on a cake. Please bring documentation or contact the Show Director ahead of time to check if there is a question about any product application. Check the ingredient list on the containers.
7. Visitors, brides, sugar artists/cake decorators, food service professionals and the general public are welcome to attend the daily Fair. General admission is all that is necessary to participate at the sugar art show. The demonstration seating is first come first served.
8. If you enter the show and for whatever reason, end up not producing a competition piece or are late and miss the setup deadline in whatever division or category that you have anticipated entering, you will automatically be disqualified from participating and no ribbon or prize will be awarded nor will there be a refund of entry fees.
9. Do not use a glue gun under any circumstances, it is toxic and it is NOT edible for any artwork.
10. Ornaments and metal fittings covered with icing must not be used.
11. Cake boards must be iced or decorated and edged with accenting or contrasting tape or ribbon. No exposed florist foil please!
12. Please check to see that cakes are level and stacked evenly; use a spirit level and stand back to view to be accurate, quite a few entries were off-center in 2011 and 2012, photographs clearly show the discrepancy. Check your professional picture if you had one taken.
13.Photographic sitting will include postage, so, $42 per sitting $6.50 for the postage and insurance total $48.50 – too many portraits are not being picked up or are not being claimed.
14. Entry fees are not transferable for any reason or refundable.
15. Bird feathers of any kind ARE BANNED!
16. Disco Dust may only be used on removable decorative items.
17. No coffee filter decorations, edible rice paper is approved.
DAILY SHOW DEMONSTRATIONS for 2015
CONDUCTED BY CELEBRITY CAKE ART STARS
ALAN RICHARDSON AND KAREN TACK
Please click on the Daily Schedule tab for information and hours. These updates will be posted in July!
Our achievements over this past twenty-two years are unparalleled and the event has taken on a personality of its own. So, come along, enjoy, be a part of it!
VOLUNTEERS & FRIENDS
I am indebted to the amazing volunteers who flock in each year and from all states to lend a valuable hand on site, specially the following principal players Grady Perryman & his OSU students, Leanne Pomellitto, Glenda and Primo Galvez, Laura Galvez Nichols, Carolyn & Rusty Mangold, Robin Van Hoozer & family, Becky Willard and Janell Deal for their consistent support and dedication to a vehicle that has and will continue to set the standards of world class decoration.
Loydene Barrett has made many selfless contributions for the success of this event even denying her personal artistic direction in the best interests of others. It must be mentioned that her professionalism and devotion to the show often goes above and beyond on so many occasions and she unselfishly puts the aspirations of others before her own.
Grace McMillan, ever gracious, produces and updates our stunning web site each year, which reaches millions worldwide. We are very grateful for her expertise and professionalism.
I am your personal guide for all aspects of the sugar art show. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you might have.